Martin Kaste http://wrti.org en 4 Days After Murders, Musical Mourners Improvise A Tribute http://wrti.org/post/seattle-music-community-improvises-mourning Cafe Racer is a coffeehouse and bar in Seattle near the University of Washington. Last Wednesday, it was the site of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/31/154055287/we-could-see-this-coming-brother-says-of-man-idd-in-seattle-killings" target="_blank">shooting</a> that left four people dead.<p>Cafe Racer is also a music venue, home to a Sunday-night improvisational jam session called <a href="http://racersessions.com" target="_blank">The Racer Sessions</a>. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 21:45:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 3967 at http://wrti.org 4 Days After Murders, Musical Mourners Improvise A Tribute Army Health Care In Spotlight After Afghan Shooting http://wrti.org/post/army-health-care-spotlight-after-afghan-shooting Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>The lawyer for the soldier suspected of killing unarmed Afghan civilians last week says his client may have suffered from diminished capacity - or, in other words, a mental breakdown. That possibility has focused attention on the Army's ability to detect and treat psychological problems among soldiers. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 3509 at http://wrti.org For Suspect In Afghan Attack, A Praised Record http://wrti.org/post/suspect-afghan-attack-praised-record There is still only sketchy information available about Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' recent experience in Afghanistan, but five years ago in Iraq, he was considered an excellent and upbeat soldier.<p>Bales is suspected of killing 16 unarmed Afghan civilians last Sunday. He has yet to be charged, and his civilian lawyers say they will meet with him at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to learn the facts of the case.<p>Friends and neighbors describe Bales as a dedicated husband and father, and they keep mentioning his "sunny" disposition. Bales' fellow soldiers tell the same story. Capt. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 08:40:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 1559 at http://wrti.org For Suspect In Afghan Attack, A Praised Record Mitt Romney Tops Washington Caucuses http://wrti.org/post/large-turnout-romney-takes-washington-caucuses Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pulled ahead of his rivals in Washington State's presidential straw poll on Saturday, with <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/WA_Page_0303.html?SITE=NPRELN&SECTION=POLITICS">more than one-third of the votes</a>. Romney finished well ahead of Ron Paul, who himself squeaked past Rick Santorum by just over 500 votes. Newt Gingrich had to settle for about one vote in 10.<p>Turnout at the caucuses was huge, about four times the number of people who participated in 2008. Sun, 04 Mar 2012 11:52:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 1087 at http://wrti.org Wash. Lawmakers Fight For DNA Sampling At Arrest http://wrti.org/post/wash-lawmakers-fight-dna-sampling-arrest Mandatory DNA collection is fast becoming routine in the American criminal justice system. In many jurisdictions, just being arrested can mean having to<strong> </strong>submit a genetic sample to the national database. Federal law enforcement and 26 states now permit various forms of pre-conviction DNA sampling and more states are poised to follow suit.<p>The state of Washington still waits until conviction before taking genetic samples. There, the Legislature's resistance to expanded "DNA typing" has traditionally come from self-described civil libertarians like Democratic Rep. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:29:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 909 at http://wrti.org Wash. Lawmakers Fight For DNA Sampling At Arrest